Blog Tour: A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

Today I am sharing with you my review for A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe which is hosted by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours

Blurb…

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

Review…

After reading Gemma’s first novel Trust Me I was really excited to get a copy of A Mother’s Sacrifice.

Gemma has an amazing way of writing that keeps you guessing, you may have a prediction but that can change multiple times as you read and that’s what draws me to her work.

I found myself drawn to the main character. I not only felt sorry for her but could see things unravelling. I don’t want to give any of the story away but I thought it was very well written.

However, I have to admit the ending did disappoint me. While I understand why it took the path it did I would have liked answers to questions wrapping up first. I felt like for such a build up of every thing it fell a bit flat even if it wasn’t a typical generic ending.

Saying this though I highly recommend it. The problem is more with me and my need to have somethings tightly wrapped in a bow rather than the book itself and as far as it goes this is a very worthy read.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can purchase your copy here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Book Tour: Disturbing Works by Jon Richter {Review}


Today I have a review for you of the Jon Richter book Disturbing Works.

Blurb…

The first volume of my Disturbing Works is a collection of twelve twisted tales perfect for people who like their stories dark, despicable, and deeply unsettling.  Containing fantasy, sci-fi, dark humour and a lot of deliciously nasty horror, it should have something for every reader that has a sinister side and nerves of steel…

Review..

Disturbing Works is made up of small short stories and I have to say I really enjoyed them. 

I loved the darkness to each one and how it differed from the next. All 12 were completely unique and could quite easily stand up against a full length novel. 

Richter’s words flow naturally and he has an amazing ability to create tension and suspense along with a side of dread. 

I would absolutely recommend this to any thriller or horror lover and would give this book 5 stars. 

This chilling volume is available now for your Kindle or eReader at www.amazon.co.uk.

Thanks for reading. 

Emma-Louise x

After Leaving The Village by Helen Matthews

Today I have a review for you for the book After Leaving The Village by Helen Matthews. Helen and I are in the fabulous Fiction Cafe book group and she approached me asking if I could possibly read her book in exchange for a review. I always like to help out new authors and found I had time in my schedule.

Blurb…

Two women. Two villages. Different destinies. Odeta’s life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father’s grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day a stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new career in London. Odeta’s life is about to change, but not in the way she expected. Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and seems to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends. Kate blames the internet and disconnects her family from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours. On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate’s neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.

Review…

I am not sure what I expected when I read the blurb but it wasn’t what I got. I was glued to the book.

The story follows two very different women and I couldn’t put it down. There are elements of a graphic nature but it isn’t written in a way that makes you want to put the book away.

I really felt for Odette and I kept thinking how this must actually be a harsh reality for many women in the world today. I really felt hate for this who kept her that way.

I liked Kate and I understand all to well what she was trying to achieve though I did think towards the later chapters she acted irrationally and put herself in unneccessary danger when others wouldn’t have despite those circumstances.

The main story though and bits that kept me really turning those pages was Odette.

Helen is such a great writer, she really invoked feeling when I was reading. I felt all possible emotions when I went through the story and I would really love another book on Odette’s story after everything that happened. I feel like I’m invested in her, I want to see if she does get a happy ending.

I really would recommend After Leaving The Village. It’s an amazing and thrilling read that keeps you holding on to hope.

Thank you Helen for allowing me the honour of reading your amazing book.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett


Hey, today I have a blog tour book review for you for the novel Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett. 
Blurb…

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
Review…

Hell To Pay is the fourth book in the Kay Hunter series and I have been lucky enough to read them all.

Hell To Pay certainly didn’t disappoint. From the first to the last page I couldn’t put it down. 

Kay is and always has been an interesting character to follow and I really like how Rachel adds elements of Kay’s home life into the story without making it all about her home life. 

This book can be read as a standalone however, I would highly recommend reading the other novels especially as this one is the culmination of an issue that has been building since the first book. 

The book has plenty of action and even though the ending in some ways is somewhat predictable as it’s set up early on in the book it still retains the exciting ‘must read’ feeling. 

Rachel really is a fantastic writer and I really have nothing negative to say about any of her books. Her writing style is brilliantly done and it keeps you glued to the pages. 

Another fantastic read and if any crime lovers haven’t read these then they should, they are missing out.

You can purchase Hell To Pay here.

Thanks for reading and thank you Emma from EDM Creating Perfection for selecting me to review this book and taking me on this tour.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: The Forgotton Room by Ann Troup


Blurb…

Can the past ever be forgotten?

As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.

Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…

Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

The chilling new novel from the bestselling author of The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Claire Mackintosh and Tracy Buchanan.

Review…

I was really intrigued by the blurb of this book. I love a good thriller. The story didn’t take long to get into the more ‘thriller’ aspect and you got the vibe there was a lot more going on early on. 

Maura was likeable enough and I could certainly sympathise with her but I have to admit I didn’t seem to gel with her. I don’t know if it’s because I felt in some ways I was coming into a story that had already started.

I enjoyed the story, there were a lot of twists and turns and I didn’t see the murderer coming at all. However, the pacing really got me. I think it was probably just me but I felt like the story went on forever. So much had happened that I felt it dragged on a bit. I hit 75% and couldn’t believe I still had so much more to go. That been said I would recommend it. Ann definitely has a great flare for this sort of genre. The book was enjoyable and unpredictable. 

I would rate The Forgotton Room 4/5 stars. Despite my pacing issues the book has everything you would want from a great thriller. 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x 

Book Tour: Double Jeopardy by M.A Comley

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Today I have for you a Book Blog Tour hosted from Bloodhound Books.

Blurb…

Successful entrepreneur, Ross Spalding, has everything to live for; a thriving business, a stunning new home, and a high society wedding to his beautiful fiancée to look forward to in the coming months. That is, until his life comes to an abrupt, gruesome end.

DI Hero Nelson and his team need to dig deep to find the reasons behind someone wanting Ross Spalding dead. As more people connected to Ross also die, some in suspicious circumstances, the suspect list grows beyond all expectations, until a major clue presents itself and spins the investigation off in a totally new direction.

However, Hero’s personal life is also dealt a major blow when his parents are faced with a life or death situation. He is forced to put his personal problems aside when the murderers are revealed and Hero is faced with a tight deadline in which to apprehend them.

Review…

Double Jeopardy is the 4th in the Hero series. However, you really don’t need to read anything prior to this. I wasn’t even aware that it was part of a series as nothing indicated to it.

I enjoyed reading this book, there was no hidden twists as such and the story was pretty straight forward but it worked really well. The story was interesting as were the characters. Hero comes across as a likeable guy who is under the pressures of working as a Detective and having a home life with a large family. I liked the inclusion of Hero’s personal life but especially how it didn’t overshadow the main part of the story as can often happen.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys an action packed crime thriller.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

Book Review: No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine

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Blurb:

What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Please note: contains graphic content.

Review:

Well, the blurb wasn’t joking at the graphic content lol! This book was gruesome in parts but it was needed. Telling the story of Aimee and the thing’s she had to endure meant that in order to get the horror of her situation across to the reader graphic scenes were necessary. I did enjoy this book, it was different from anything I had read before and the plot kept me interested. The only let down was that I feel the 2nd half was a bit rushed. I would have liked to have seen what Aimee did during the months when she was becoming Angel. Aimee made for an interesting character, although the situation with her friend Kelly could have been resolved in a different way and in the end it seemed that she was not that different from those she had took Kelly from. Other than that I have absolutely no problem with the book. It was well-written and interesting.

Rating:

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – This book was sent to me from in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions given are my own*

Book Review: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Hey Everyone. Today I have a review for you for a book I was given in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from Online Bookclub. I had been looking forward to reading this since I received it but due to illness I didn’t get to start it as soon as I had wanted. However, now I have read it and I am ready to tell you all about it.

What is Raven’s Peak about?

Raven’s Peak is a paranormal thriller/mystery. It centers around a young woman named Abigail and a young main named Haatim. The two are thrown together in unlikely circumstances. Abigail is a demon hunter and Haatim is the son of a religious man and has lost his faith. They take a journey together to get answers which they both seek for events in their lives they haven’t yet recovered from. This leads them to the old secluded town of Raven’s Peak where not everything is as it seems.
What Did I think Of Raven’s Peak?

The book opened with a prologue set prior to when the main story starts. With a character called Authur who is highly reglious and a member of The Council. Authur clearly has a mysterious past which we don’t get into but his dealings with a demon open up the book for the story about to unfold.
All in all I did like Raven’s peak. I liked both the main characters but there was something special about Haatim’s edge of naivity that made him especially likable. Both of them were strong in different ways which made them both interesting to read.
The book was action packed from quite early on which made for interesting reading. It didn’t take me long to read the book once I got into it. The story itself was interesting and there were some unique aspects about it.
However, overall I did feel it was somewhat predictable. Predictable in the way that the majority of books involving demons often are. Standard possession of a human. The demon which took over this particular human (a child) was different from the ones I have read previously, this more than made up for the more predictable elements of the story.
The story is the first in the series and the sequel is available now and I will buy and read it. The writing style flowed well and made me, the reader able to understand parts that may have been confusing.
I did especially like the way that the environment felt real, felt normal just as we would expect to see it. This really helped imagine the scenes play out in my head.
The whole idea of The Council vs The Ninth Circle is quite intriguing. I definitely want to read more about them and their history. I have found an ebook available as a novella for The Ninth Circle which I’m hoping to delve into as well
I would rate this book a 4/5 and for those who enjoy paranormal thrillers it is defintely worth a read.
You can find a copy of Raven’s Peak and all subsequent books here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

Book Tour: Trust Me {Excerpt}

Hey Everyone,

Last week I posted a review for Trust Me which you can see here.

Today I have an excerpt of the book. Enjoy!

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Lana’s Story, 24 December 2014

I paced up and down the living room, intermittently stopping to plump up a cushion and wipe away specks of dust with the sleeve of my jumper. I checked my watch and silently prayed he would hurry up. It was Christmas Eve and I wasn’t sure how long the shops would stay open for. I mentally wrote a shopping list as I looked out of the window for the umpteenth time that hour. There was no way I could replace all of Amber’s presents but perhaps I could at least buy another bike and the Lelli Kelly trainers. Hopefully the pound shop up the road would still be open and I could load up on cheap plastic crap to stuff in her stocking. The cheap doll’s leg would no doubt fall off before we had even carved the turkey but at least she would have things to open. Feeling the tears prick at the backs of my eyes, I swiftly forced them back.

Why did Benji have to do this to us? He’d seemed genuinely fond of Amber. We hadn’t seen him much in recent years but Amber had clicked with him instantly and I was happy she had a man in her life, someone who could throw her high up in the air and blow farting noises on her belly, making her squeal like a lunatic. Just how long had he known what he was going to do? Was he planning the whole thing when he had struggled home on the bus with me a few weeks previously, carrying her bike under his arm and sweating with every step? Did he know that he would ruin his niece’s Christmas when he had watched The Grinch with her just a few days previous and made her laugh with his Jim Carrey impressions? Or had he simply got too desperate, as addicts often do, and felt there was no other option?

It was then that I noticed the silver-framed photograph on the mantelpiece, a picture of Benji, Amber and me at a local ice rink a few weeks prior. Striding over to it, I grabbed it and flung it with force against the wall. It crashed to the floor but didn’t appear to break. Instead, it lay face down on the carpet, as if it was ashamed at the false scene it depicted.

I jumped backwards as a fist connected with the window pane.

‘Lana!’ shouted a man on the other side of the glass, while knocking on the window again. ‘It’s me, Pat.’

With a hand over my heart, I let out a relieved half-laugh. ‘Hang on, Pat, I’ll just let you in.’

Pulling open the door a moment later, I noticed how small he was, no more than around 5’ 2”. He beamed up at me, his face holding a broad smile, packed with pearly-white teeth. He was classically handsome. Studying him closer, I realised he was much older than he looked at first glance, late thirties, early forties, perhaps. His olive skin and dark hair contrasted perfectly with his sharp, green eyes, which were looking at me expectantly.

‘What’s a man gotta do to get invited in around here?’ he quipped, raising his eyebrows.

‘Sorry,’ I stuttered, stepping back and gesturing for him to enter. The heat flushed to my neck and I knew without looking I had turned beetroot.

‘Ah, I’m just kidding, so I am,’ he joked, as he stepped inside and patted away imaginary dust from his long, cashmere coat. I noticed the Irish twang in his voice for the first time, not broad like his mother’s but clearly noticeable.

‘Here.’ He thrust an expensive-looking doll towards me. Beady black eyes stared up from a white, porcelain face. It was kind of creepy but a lovely gesture. ‘From my mammy for the babby,’ he continued. Taking it, I smiled at him for the first time and felt my body start to thaw.

‘Tell her thank you ever so much. Amber will love it.’

Pat followed me into the living room, where I offered him a cup of tea.

‘I won’t bother if you don’t mind, dear. Got quite a lot on with it being Christmas and all.’

‘Of course, sorry,’ I flapped. ‘I guess you have your own family to get back to and here’s me keeping you.’ I tried to laugh but it came out as a squeak. What on earth was happening to me?

His eyes fell briefly downwards. ‘No family – well, unless you count my dear mammy that is.’ He looked back up at me and smiled lazily. I suddenly felt sorry for him. ‘But you know what, Lana?’ he added, having gained his composure, ‘you’re not the only one who is struggling around this time. I blame Dodgy Dave. Margaret Thatcher in trousers that one.’

‘Hmm,’ I offered, having no idea what he was really going on about. ‘I guess you’re right.’

‘So you see,’ he continued, much more jovially, ‘it falls to people like me to help out at a time like this. Like a real-life elf, so to speak.’ He laughed while pointing a finger towards his own face. ‘Now how much do you want to lend?’

Feeling suddenly thrown off by the question, I scratched around inside my brain for an answer. The silence fell upon the room like a giant boulder and I mentally urged Pat to give me a bailout by offering a suggestion. I hated talking money with people at the best of times.

‘How much do you need, Lana?’ he asked again, his tone slightly tighter than a moment previous.

‘Maybe one hundred?’ I asked, my voice meek. I twiddled the sleeve of my jumper with my thumb and index finger as I waited for a response.

‘ One hundred,’ he gasped, his words breaking up into a laugh. ‘Sweet Jesus, Lana, it was hardly worth the visit.’

‘Oh,’ I replied, flustered. ‘I don’t know what the going rate is; never done this before.’

He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity, a look of what appeared to be sympathy, or pity, etched on his face. Walking over to me, he placed his hand on my arm, which sent my heart racing again.

‘I’ll tell you what,’ he whispered into my ear. ‘I like you, Lana, you’re a sweet girl. Take two hundred.’

I tried to object, opened my mouth to speak, but he placed his finger on my lip, rendering me silent in a matter of seconds.

‘No extra interest because it’s Christmas,’ he added. ‘We got ourselves a deal?’

Nodding my head in a trance-like state, I looked down into his eyes.

‘Yes, Pat, we got a deal.’

‘Excellent,’ he beamed, patting me lightly on the cheek. ‘Merry Christmas, sweetheart.’
If you would like to read Trust Me then you can purchase a copy here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Book Review: Sweetpea by C.J Skuse {Spoilers}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a book review for you. I was sent a copy of Sweetpea via Netgalley in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is in no way biased by this fact.

Blurb….

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always manhandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

Review…

Right from the start of Sweetpea, you get an insight into the mind of Rhinannon. The book is set out in dates like a diary format. In the first entry, we see Rhinannon cut off a man’s penis and leave him to drown. Now Rhinannon doesn’t really kill for the sake of it, because of the urge to, she kills as an act of vengeance or justice. Not for her but for victims of paedophiles, child abusers, rapists, murders and anyone else that has done something which she feels they have not served the appropriate time for. Rhinannon also kills for self-preservation. The killing urges are always linked to her partner Craig’s infidelity.

As we continue through the book we see the highs and lows of Rhinannon and her temperament, which does hit a point where it does look like her mind is unravelling and she loses grip of her mental stability and we see her kill an innocent taxi driver.

However, after this she manages to grasp herself again and ends up falling pregnant and starts to see things differently, losing the urge to want to kill.

However, it all goes a bit wrong when AJ the man who is the baby’s father demands to be part of it. AJ is a young man of 19 who Rhinannon has been having an affair with behind her partner Craigs back, this started because she admitted that she had killed someone and wanted to keep him quiet.

Rhinannon kills AJ as she feels backed into a corner. Things have been going well for her and Craig, he has stopped his affair and is giving her and her bump all the attention she has been craving. AJ threatens to ruin all that.

Things then take a bad turn as Craig is arrested abroad during a football match for bad behaviour and ends up been a suspect for all Rhinnnon’s murders as she was setting him up prior to them getting back on track.

Rhinannon goes away for a hen party and gets a call from Craig saying he has been arrested and that the police may go to their home, this panics Rhinannon as she hasn’t moved AJ’s body. She immediately goes home to try and dispose of him. During which she actually admits she loved AJ and it’s pretty obvious she realises she has made a mistake and Craig isn’t who she wants.

The book ends as there is a knock on the door before Rhinannon has the chance to move AJ.

I found the book really enjoyable. You couldn’t tell from one entry to the other how things were going to go, how Rhinannon’s mental state would be and how far she would go. AJ was such a shame as he really did love her and she could have had the life she wanted with him.

I will be picking up the sequel to this if there is one as I really want to find out what happens to Rhinannon now she is pregnant.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x